We are a home educating family of 4, with 2 boys aged 7 and 10. We live in St Albans which is a beautiful, market and cathedral town just 20 minutes train ride from Central London. We have 4 bed house with big garden just 4 mins walk from the train station.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Living very close to London you have all that it has to offer on your doorstep, museums, culture, nightlife. St Albans is also in the green belt of England though so you also have the beautiful countryside on your doorstep. We are even only one train ride from Brighton. You will be an integral part of our family so you will have the opportunity to learn all about English life and family. We will be happy to take you places and help you to find and do anything that interests you. We would like this exchange to be mutually beneficial.
Available from 1st March 2020.
We are looking for somebody to come and live with us for a minimum of 6 months but ideally longer to help look after the children, help around the house and cook the occasional meal. You would become a part of our family, eating with us, helping with cleaning and tidying the house and playing with the children.
Our last six workawayers have been men, which has worked very well as we have two boys and all their other teachers and influences, apart from their father, are women. But they have said they would be open to having either a woman or a man this time. We would like you to be active and sporty, happy to take them to the park regularly on their bikes and scooters and proactively helpful around the house, with cleaning and tidying, especially the kitchen.
Duties would involve, babysitting 1 or 2 evenings a week, one of these on the weekend will sometimes be an overnight and we will return in the late morning. The rest of the evenings would be your own. You would be required to look after, play with the children for a few hours each day. It will vary each day, some days only 2 hours and other days more. This would range from looking after both while mum goes out, looking after one, while mum does activities with the other. Taking them to activities sometimes. It would be great for them to learn about your culture and language and you of course will get much opportunity to learn about ours as well. On Wednesdays there will be the opportunity sometimes to take the boys into London to meet a grandparent and maybe go to a museum or an art gallery or an event in London.
If you wanted to get involved in the boys learning teaching them about your country, customs, language etc... that would be great. Helping them with technology, doing sports with them etc... all is good.
We are a very friendly, welcoming family and are really looking forward to having you come and stay with us :)
You will have a double room with your own personal en suite bathroom in a 4 bed house overlooking the garden. We have 2 bathrooms and also a downstairs toilet. Downstairs is open plan kitchen, dining room and boys play area. The is also a separate lounge area at the front of the house for adults. We have a large garden.
We try to eat together wherever possible and I do a weekly shop. If you tell me the foods you like to eat I will include them in the shop. It would be nice if you cooked once or twice a week, the boys could then also experience food from another culture.
Please do ask me any questions you have.
We are a very friendly easy going family. Simon works long days and Emily home educates the boys at home. We have activities we go to most days with the boys. We love watching movies and take the boys to the cinema quite regularly too. We are also very interested in current affairs, politics and the news.
During your time off you can take the short walk or bus into St Albans and visit the market, cathedral, the park and the many many shops, restaurants and bars. You can also take the 4 min walk to the train station and then be in central London in 20 minutes. You will not be stuck for things to do.
We would be very happy to help you and advise you on where to go and how to get to places etc..
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 25 hours a week